The Best-Selling SUVs in Australia

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Buying a new car can be an exciting time, but with plenty of options on the market, the decision can quickly become overwhelming. While we may get distracted by sleek looks and the power under the hood, finding a vehicle that gives you lots of space and allows you to pack away plenty for the weekend – without the price tag of a 4WD – is a no-brainer at the dealership. As a result, it’s no shock that SUVs have become such a popular choice for Aussie motorists. But which model should you be looking at?

To help narrow down your search, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries releases a monthly report card on the best-selling cars in Australia – highlighting the most popular models on our roads. Check this page for regular updates on the best-selling SUVs, with July 2020 top-sellers listed below:

  • 1st Toyota RAV4
  • 2nd Mazda CX-5
  • 3rd Mazda CX-3
  • 4th Nissan X-Trail
  • 5th Hyundai Tucson
  • 6th Toyota Kluger
  • 7th Mitsubishi ASX
  • 8th Kia Sportage
  • 9th Mazda CX-30
  • 10th Mitsubishi Outlander

#1 Toyota RAV4 – 4,309 sales

Selling over 4,300 units in July, the Toyota RAV4 is available in GX, GXL, Cruiser and Edge varieties, giving motorists plenty of choices to get behind the wheel of. Drivers can also choose from a 6speed manual or 6speed automatic, with 2WD or AWD options additionally available, giving motorists plenty of options, regardless of where you do most of your driving.

Available with Toyota’s Safety Sense – which includes features such as Pre-Collision Safety, Lane Departure Alert, Active Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and even Blind Spot Monitors – RAV4 models are also available in either a 2.0L or 2.5L petrol model, with a 2.2L turbo diesel engine additionally available if you’re looking to put your foot down.

#2 Mazda CX-5 – 1,727 sales

Mazda’s flagship SUV model, the CX-5 is proving is still has what it takes in the SUV market, selling over 1,700 models for July. Available in Maxx, Maxx Sport, Touring, GT and now the Akera models, the CX-5 provides plenty of comfort and safety for drivers, with 360° View Monitor, a 7inch LCD infotainment unit and Mazda Radar Cruise Control.

Now available with a turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine – capable of churning out 170kW of power – the Mazda CX-5 also contains i-ACTIV AWD, which utilises real time data from 27 different monitors to improve driver safety, regardless of the conditions. For those looking to put the foot down, a Kuroi Sports pack is additionally available for purchase, as is 19inch alloys and cargo illumination, to help personalise your ride.

#3 Mazda CX-3 – 1,355 sales

Selling over 1,300 units in July, the Mazda CX-3 is proving to be a popular option for those keen on a smaller SUV. Available in both FWD and AWD models, the Mazda CX-3 range includes the Neo Sport, Maxx Sport, S Touring, Akari and Akari LE models, giving motorists plenty of options to test-drive.

With Skyactiv Technology to increase driver comfort behind the wheel, Mazda also offer the MZD Connect infotainment unit, allowing for hands-free talk and text, as well as sat nav and music. Additional features include a reverse camera, Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), heated front seats and an electric parking brake for easy use, making your time in the driver’s seat enjoyable.

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#4 Nissan X-Trail – 1,116 sales

One of Nissan’s longest running models, the latest generation X-Trail is available in a variety of models, including the ST, ST-L, N-Sport and T range, with drivers able to choose between petrol or diesel models, and 5 or 7-seater varieties.

Selling over 1,100 units in July, the X-Trail includes features such as Intelligent Cruise Control, Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection, as well as a Divide-n-Hide flexible cargo system for when you need to load up for those big trips. For creature comfort, the X-Trail comes equipped with a 7inch touchscreen infotainment unit with built-in sat-nav, hands-free Bluetooth and keyless entry, allowing you to keep up with a busy lifestyle while staying safe on the road.

#5 Hyundai Tucson – 1,087 sales

The flagship SUV model for the Korean brand, the Hyundai Tucson sold just under 1,100 units in July, with a range that includes the Active, Active X, Elite and Highlander varieties for drivers to test out. With multiple engine types available across the Tucson range, drivers can opt for a 2WD or AWD model, with Hyundai additionally including Australian Tuned Suspension to suit the typical Aussie road trip.

With a Surround View Monitor (SVM) for increased road safety, the Tucson range also includes a panoramic glass sunroof, LED headlamps and even a heated steering wheel for those chilly mornings. Additional features include water resistant seat covers, bike racks and a portable cooler for when you need to keep chilled drinks close at hand.

#6 Toyota Kluger – 1,057 sales

Selling over 1,000 units in July, the Kluger may often be overlooked because its big brother the LandCruiser, or the smaller Prado, but it still offers plenty for motorists to get excited about. Available in a GX, GXL, Black Edition and Grande model, the Kluger comes equipped with Downhill Assist Control and Hill-start Assist Control for those looking to tackle those hilly areas, as well as has a braked towing capacity of 2,000kg, ideal for when you need to take plenty with you.

With a configurable 7-seat design, 18inch alloy wheels as standard, and rear seat entertainment screens to keep the kids occupied on those long road trip, the Kluger additionally features Blind Spot Monitors and Lane Departure Warnings to help you keep safe on the roads.

#7 Mitsubishi ASX – 1,053 sales

Adding plenty of competition to the SUV market, the Mitsubishi ASX sold over 1,000 units in July. Coming equipped with 18inch alloy wheels, LED Daytime Running Lights, a panoramic glass roof with retractable sunshade and LED mood lighting, the ASX makes each drive an experience.

The ASX also comes equipped with the Smartphone Link Display Audio system, which is connected to a 7inch infotainment touch screen, capable of making and receiving phone calls, sorting out your music as well as a variety of other creature comforts. The interior also includes heated seats, steering wheel controls in addition to adjustable seats to help pack away those weekend camping essentials.

#8 Kia Sportage – 994 sales

Beginning production back in 1993, the Kia Sportage is now in its fourth generation, with model selling under 1,000 units in July. Including features such as autonomous braking, a hands free smart power tailgate, rear cross traffic alert and intelligent parking, the Kia Sportage also comes equipped with Daytime Running Lights, heated front seats as well as panoramic sunroof for both safety and comfort.

Available with a 2L or 2.4L petrol engine, or a 2L Turbo Diesel engine, the Kia Sportage is available in the S, SX, SX+ and GT Line models, giving you a few options to choose from, with the more expensive models coming with additional features such as wireless phone charging, adjustable lumbar support front seating and a 4.2inch LCD instrument cluster behind the steering wheel.

#9 Mazda CX-30 – 990 sales

The latest from Mazda, the CX-30 was built to be the middle ground between the popular CX-3 and CX-5 models, with the CX-30 going on sale in 2019, and sold just under 1,000 units in July this year. Available with a FWD or AWD drivetrain, the CX-30 features either a 2L or 2.5L four cylinder engine, with models available including the G20 Pure, G20 Evolve, G20 Touring, G20 Astina, G25 Touring and G25 Astina, giving you plenty to choose from.

The CX-30 comes equipped with a 8.5inch infotainment unit, an Active Driving Display, heated front seats, dual zone climate control, Bose speakers as well as a remote operated power tailgate to make the drive comfortable, with a number of extras also available.

#10 Mitsubishi Outlander – 989 sales

One of Mitsubishi’s more popular models, the Outlander sold just under 1,000 sales in July. Now in its third generation, the Outlander is available in either a 5-seater or 7-seater model, making it handy for motorists, regardless of how many you’re taking on a road trip.

Including Mitsubishi Motors Intuitive Technology – known as MiTEC – the Outlander includes safety features such as Blind Spot Warning and Lane Change Assist, along with Hill Start Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control for an easier trip, regardless of where you’re going. The Outlander is also available in either 2WD or AWD, with a Black Edition available for those looking for a style upgrade.

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Which SUV should I buy?

While seeing what other people have bought may be a good starting place if you’re in the market for a new car, the decision will be unique to your situation, as well as your preferences. Those with a larger family may be more inclined to look at large SUVs such as the Toyota LandCruiser, while those who prefer an SUV but aren’t willing to spend big may be interested in the smaller Mazda CX-3 or Hyundai Kona. If you’re also interested in finding out what is the most popular model on Aussie roads, head on over to our top selling cars page.

As with any big decision, it’s best to do your research before you step into a dealership, as factors such as fuel economy, safety, technology and extras could all sway your final decision, with each brand and SUV usually available with a variety of models. Comparing SUVs may be time-consuming, but will have been worth it when you get behind the wheel of your dream car, knowing you drove away with a good deal.

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